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How To Test For Lupus
Complicated answer: There is no definitive test for lupus. There is the "ana test" which is positive in all patients with lupus, but is also positive in some healthy people. So if you test positive, all this tells me is that you may have lupus, but doesn't nail the diagnosis. I focus more on the symptoms that you have. If there are concerning symptoms, then i get the ANA test. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably not lupus: Many people have symptoms suggestive of lupus but most turn out not to have the disease. The ANA and other blood tests are virtually always positive in patients with lupus. Negative tests mean you're not likely to have lupus. A bigger problem is false positive anas, in which case the teat is positive but the patient does not meed other diagnostic criteria to lupus. ...Read more
TESTS FOR LUPUS: Cbc, urine and sed rare.Following test are important to diagnose lups 1ana titer is an important test, it is positive in 97%of patients with lupus.When threeor more typical features of lupus are present like, skin, joints, kidneys, lungs, heart, blood or nervous system, positive ANA will confirm it 2anti ds dna +iin half patients 3apls antibody+in 30% 4ro/ss-a and la/ss-b in skin lupus sm antibod 30-40%. ...Read more
Lupus : There are different tests for lupus. Diagnostic tests which can be positive even if you don't have a flare. Then there are test to determine disease activity which can be abnormal during flares. Mind you that a diagnosis of lupus depends on history, clinical exam in addition to lab. Best wishes ...Read more
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